Greetings Fellow Ice Climbers, Do you down-climb? I was up at Frankenstein and was watching climbers top-roping and they all got lowered instead of down-climbing. Surprised at how many people think that it is not ever necessary to have the ability to down-climb ice as one of our SKILLS for the HILLS. Whenever I'm top-roping I climb back down, it doubles the climb and I get better and better at it....heaven forbid that I can not be lowered and have to get quickly back to the belay in a self rescue situation and I have not ever practiced down-climbing. Same goes for rock......I down climb. It is very rare that I ever see anybody down-climbing. Most people seem to be able to down-climb rock but ICE has different challenges that are made more challenging with the modern design of our tools, they are not designed to work in reverse. Anybody have pointer that will help to make us better at down-climbing???. With a little practice we all can get better and faster at down-climbing ice.